Techniques of Nonfiction|
In this course, we will learn how to craft and revise short pieces of nonfiction writing that draw on our own life experiences and our observations of the world around us. To achieve this goal, we will constantly be creating and editing our own prose, and we will perform various writing exercises. Moreover, we will read our colleagues' nonfiction prose and offer them thoughtful, generous feedback. Finally, we will read various published nonfiction essays--memoirs, musings, reviews, and reportage--and we will analyze these pieces in order to understand how veteran authors narrate "real-life" stories in a way that is engaging, beautiful, and meaningful. Upon completing this course, you will have a deeper knowledge of how to construct resonant nonfiction narratives, and a better understanding of various literary concepts, including pacing, arc, imagery, place, and character. You will have learned how to harvest experiences and observations from your own life in order tell a story that reveals subtle but acute information about the larger world.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Writers studied include: James Baldwin, Zadie Smith, Barrack Obama, Natalie Goldberg, Pankaj Mishra, Elif Batuman, David Foster Wallace, and Maggie Nelson.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Regular short exercises, two workshop submissions, a final revision.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
May not be taken in the same semester as another writing workshop. Students are also required to attend 2-3 readings (usually scheduled on Wednesday nights) during the semester.
|Instructor(s): Vogel,Danielle Times: ....R.. 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 2||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 15||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 2||SO: 6||FR: 0|